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USB Flash Drive Concept

Postby Milen N Ester » October 14th, 2012, 17:26:35

    USB Flash Drive Concept

    If you are like me and have unused small micro SD cards lying around the house or office from old mobile phones and devices, the Collector USB Flash Drive Concept can put them to good use. It combines a number of small capacity memory Micro SD cards, or large if you have the funds. Transforming them into one useable USB memory flash drive.
    The Collector USB Flash Drive concept has been designed by Fang-Chun Tsai and is still just a idea at the moment so no details are available on the mechanics of the partitioning as yet.

    The different memory Micro SD cards combine to create one large useable storage device and can be swapped when the capacity needs to be expanded. A great idea for recycling those old mobile phone Micro SD cards, let hope it can make the jump from concept to production.

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iTwin

Postby Milen N Ester » October 14th, 2012, 17:35:53

    iTwin

    iTwin lets you share files over the internet : a double-sided thumb drive that splits apart in the middle; plug one half into one computer and the other into the second and instantly you can drag and drop files from place to place.

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    Finally, a product that might finally make this whole internet thing worthwhile by allowing someone to copy a file over it. Amazing, right? Okay, facetiousness aside, it's a little hard to get too excited about a product that will obviously cost something yet replicates a task easily performed for free, but the iTwin does make the process even more easy. It's basically a double-sided thumb drive that splits apart in the middle; plug one half into one computer and the other into the second and instantly you can drag and drop files from place to place. An absolute computer novice could handle this, but we have to wonder: how many computer novices are swapping files anyway? If this also allowed remote terminal control so that you could fix problems on your mother's computer while beaming over the latest pictures of the kids (and their illegally downloaded music) we might be a little more optimistic. No mention of price or availability, but there is a video demonstration below proving the tech works -- even if the demo touchpad apparently doesn't.

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U Transfer USB

Postby Milen N Ester » October 14th, 2012, 17:37:01

    U Transfer USB

    U Transfer USB stick eliminates the need for using a computer as a medium to transfer information from one stick to another. It is equipped with a display that is hopefully a touchscreen, and has a slot at one end to hook up another stick. File transfers promise to be easy, and I can imagine myself using this stick at live blogging events.he U Transfer USB Stick also features an OLED display. It is a cool concept that will hopefully hit the light of production. Find out more pictures after the jump.

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Virtual Video Screen Glasses

Postby Milen N Ester » October 14th, 2012, 17:39:11

    Virtual Video Screen Glasses

    This is the only personal media viewer that provides a private viewing experience equivalent to watching a widescreen 72" television from 2m away. It connects to a video iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, portable DVD player,and uses two high-resolution LCDs and dual stereo noise isolating earphones. Developed from U.S. military technology, the viewer generates 24-bit true color (16 million colors) and a 27º field of view for wide pictures, and the removable earphones produce crisp, clear sound

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    Koolertron 72 Inch FLCOS Virtual Video Screen Glasses for iPhone iPad iPod $118.50




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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 review

Postby Milen N Ester » October 15th, 2012, 00:22:38

    Hauppauge HD PVR 2 review
    Looking to record and share HD gameplay? Digital Foundry assesses a new contender.

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    Back at the dawn of the HD gaming era, options were limited when it came to recording high-definition video from your consoles: you'd need to spend hundreds - if not thousands - of pounds on high-end broadcast-quality equipment, followed by an equal level of investment in a PC powerful enough to run it. Hauppauge's 2009 vintage HD PVR had some serious image quality issues, but it was the first mainstream device to offer 720p and 480p capture functionality, and thanks to its onboard h.264 encoder, it could produce results with virtually any PC that had a USB2 port. Three years on and, in the face of stiff competition, Hauppauge has released a successor.

    Unboxing the HD PVR 2 proves to be a pleasantly surprising experience. In an age where hardware manufacturers cut costs by removing essential accessories, this package contains everything you need to hook up the unit to your HD consoles. So, on top of the power supply and USB cable, there are two HDMI leads, a bespoke cable for connecting component sources to the device - and most surprising of all - a meaty, high-quality component hook-up for the PlayStation 3.

    This latter accessory is essential owing to the fact that Sony digitally encrypts the HDMI output of its console in order to stop pirates making digitally precise copies of Blu-ray movies (pointless bearing in mind that pirate BDs are rips, not captures). However, the fact that it is separate and distinct from the adaptor that plugs into the device itself means that you can connect up any component-capable console you have - Wii, PSP, or even an original Xbox if you're that way inclined. The HD PVR 2 records standard-definition material too, supporting both 480p and 480i.

    The actual unit itself is mostly unremarkable, but it's solidly constructed with decent-quality plastics, the two major case components meeting around an LED-illuminated centre strip. Dominating a corner of the top-face is a large triangular record button - a simple means for starting and stopping capture without being near your PC.

    Set-up itself is a breeze - plug in the 6v power supply, connect the HDMI output to the screen, then attach your consoles. Perhaps one of the most useful aspects of the machine is its support for video passthrough: whatever source you feed it - whether component or HDMI - you can view the action in real-time on a connected display. This proves to be a fundamentally essential addition over the older HD PVR as the capture software itself had around three-to-five seconds of preview lag when we ran it on an older Core 2 Duo laptop, making it an almost complete waste of time. Mileage may vary depending on the PC you attach, however.

    As long as the unit is connected to the mains, the video passthrough remains functional, whether you have a computer attached or not, meaning that the HD PVR 2 can be seamlessly integrated into a home set-up. This sounds great in theory, except that the 24-bit RGB signal of the HDMI source appears to be downgraded to an image with a large degree of chroma sub-sampling. In plain English this means that pure reds and blues in particular will look more jagged - a by-product of how the signal is being downscaled internally. Depending on the image, it can stick out like a sore thumb, but at range you probably will not notice it.

    Other aspects of the installation procedure are extremely straightforward. The device hooks up to your PC via the supplied USB cable, and installation via the CD (or downloading from the website for those of us who don't use optical drives any more) is a cinch - literally a case of pressing one button for loading up the drivers and another for the bundled capture software.
    The capture process

    Despite the bundled software being rather slow to respond, recording footage is a relatively painless operation - after all, how difficult can using a start/stop button actually be? However, digging into the options available opens up a wealth of useful customisation potential. For a start, you can record into several different containers - M2TS, TS and MP4 - and there are far more h.264 encoding options available for tweakery by the user than there were in the first HD PVR. On top of that, there's also the option to perform a real-time downscaling of the video - useful for keeping file sizes smaller if you don't actually need native 720p or 1080p footage. You can even adjust audio encoding options too, with the AAC compressor offering up to 256kbps of bandwidth - plenty for decent quality sound.




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Postby Milen N Ester » October 15th, 2012, 10:23:04

    Gamers Download Thousands of Free Games from Origin Due to EA Error
    Thousands of games were downloaded from Origin for free.

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    Electronic Arts has run over a few bumps in the road with its Origin service on the PC since its release. Over the weekend, the publisher accidentally gave away thousands of free games to some very lucky customers who completed a survey.

    The code attached to the survey was originally intended to allow players to download a single game of their choosing, but due to an oversight at the company, users quickly discovered that they could download as many games as they wanted from the service.

    The code was circulated on various forums on the internet, including reddit, where thousands of users (including those who didn't participate in the survey) downloaded countless games onto their Origin accounts for free.

    EA spent the entire weekend giving out the free games before the code was disabled. There's been no word on whether any of the gamers who exploited the loophole will be allowed to keep their games, but users who claimed to have exploited the service say that their accounts—and the games they downloaded—still work, so it looks like EA may just let this one go.

    Thanks Kotaku.




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NF Tab - Home Tablet

Postby Milen N Ester » October 17th, 2012, 13:16:59

    NF Tab - Home Tablet

    A Couch Potato’s Best Friend

    The NF Tab aims to be an all-in-one solution for controlling, well…. EVERYTHING at home! The limitlessly programable platform aims to make syncing your home theater, peripherals, computer system, and even aesthetic details like lighting and window shutters easily adjustable all at the touch of a button or swipe of the screen. Similar systems exist but the NF stands out in ergonomics and straight forward, intuitive, touch screen functionality that’s got most everything covered!

    Designer: Michaël Imbert

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